Ellen Ensher discusses the application of an action learning project that enables mentors and protégés to work on a project together and provide examples of past action learning projects and framework for developing these types of projects.
- People learn well by doing and teaching others.…Action learning is when proteges and mentors…create a mutually beneficial work related project…that has a specific deliverable.…Action learning projects can serve as a glue…binding mentors and proteges together.…Three benefits of action learning include:…1. Gives mentors and proteges a thing to focus on…in the form of a specific project to work on together.…
2. Remedies the mid-mentoring program blahs,…where sometimes mentors and proteges run out of momentum.…3. Results in a deliverable that can be shared and measured.…Action learning projects can be as diverse as…are the interests of your mentoring program participants.…They can be based around strengths a protege…needs to develop, like, say, presentation skills.…Or they can be based around something a mentor…wants to get done but just never has the time…or resources to make progress on.…
To get started in developing action learning projects,…do the following.…First, ask your mentors to review their own to-do lists…
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- The benefits of formal mentoring programs
- The types and purpose of mentoring programs
- Designing a framework and a needs assessment
- Creating a mentoring culture
- Ensuring organizational support
- Choosing participants
- Training essentials for mentors
- Concluding and celebrating your program
- Evaluating your program
- Making your mentoring program last